Chamari Athapaththu Joins Warriorz Squad for WPL 2024 in Place of Bell

Chamari Athapaththu has been brought in to play for UP Warriorz instead of Lauren Bell, who has dropped out of the upcoming Women’s Premier League (WPL). For her starting price of INR 30 lakh (about US$36,000), Athapaththu has signed.

Bell Withdraws

Bell told the Warriorz that she wants to prepare for the New Zealand series, which begins on March 19 in Dunedin, two days after the WPL final in Delhi. There is no word on whether Warriroz’s England team, including head coach Jon Lewis (who also coaches England Women), Sophie Ecclestone, and Danni Wyatt, will conclude their WPL commitments before flying to New Zealand.

Lauren Bell

“I look forward to giving my best to the team and working closely with head coach Jon Lewis and skipper Alyssa Healy and help my team lift the coveted title,” he said. “The WPL is a very dynamic tournament, and the UP Warriorz is a strong squad.”

Athapaththu’s WPL Snub

Chamari Athapaththu recently played for Northern Districts in the Women’s Super Smash in New Zealand, scoring 221 runs in nine games at 128.48 with one half-century. She took nine wickets with a high of 4 for 19. Northern Districts’ Eliminator loss to Central Districts by 45 runs terminated their participation on Friday.

Athapaththu has scored 2651 runs at 22.65 in 122 T20Is, eight fifties, and one century, the only Sri Lankan woman to do so. She has 40 wickets in the format at 6.70.

Recently crowned ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, Athapaththu became the first Sri Lankan to top the ODI women’s rankings last year.

At Warriorz, Athapaththu could make for a destructive opening pair with Healy. The 2024 edition of WPL will play from February 23 to March 17 in Bengaluru and Delhi. Warriorz will begin its campaign on February 24 against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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